FUMC of Arlington

Love God. Love People. Love In Action.

Love God. Love People. Love In Action.

Mission Week: August 3-7, 2020


Join us as we put love in action within our community by loving and supporting others from August 3rd-7th. There is no set schedule, we just encourage you to participate as you’re able to during the week. Bob Goff says, “Love is never stationary. Love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does!”

Some of the ways we'll be serving our community include supporting hospital staff, educators, first responders, and local charities. More details can be found below. If you have any questions, contact Michelle Clark.

As you show love during the week, we want to see your pictures and videos! Tag us and use #fumcarlington on social media and email photos/videos to Mary Gibson at mgibson@arlingtonmethodist.org. (If you have multiple photos or large files, Google Drive or Dropbox are preferred)

Hospital Staff and Educators

It is a stressful time for educators and administrators of every age level who desperately want to teach and see their students, but want to stay safe while doing it. Hospital workers are doing double time trying to serve us in unimaginable ways. Both need encouragement and love to keep them going. Here are some things you can do at home and drop off at the church on collection days listed below.

1. Letters of Encouragement

Make handmade cards or purchase cards and write special notes to these workers letting them know that you are thinking of them and that FUMCA is praying for them.

2. Poster Boards

Get creative with your talents and make eye catching and inspirational posters of support for hospital workers. You can use quotes that are meaningful to you or make up something yourself.

3. Prayer Beads

You will need the following supplies to create prayer beads: 

  • Thin satin ribbon cut in 20” lengths
  • Colored pony beads in various colors
  • Cross beads or charms

Follow these directions:

  1. Select the number of beads that you want (5-10 beads). Each bead can represent something or someone to pray for, or things to give thanks for.
  2. Select a cross charm for the bottom of your prayer beads.
  3. Take a 20” length of ribbon, string on your cross, and tie once (1/2 knot).
  4. String one arm of your ribbon through the first bead, then string the other arm of your ribbon through in the opposite direction. (the ribbon will actually cross while going through the bead)
  5. Repeat step 4 with the rest of your beads. When all your beads are strung, tie a knot at the ends of the two ribbon arms. There should be some slack left in the ribbon so the beads can slide back and forth as you pray.
  6. Now the beads are ready to be used. They can be used in many ways to help you pray.

Drop Off: August 6 & 12 | 9:00-11:00 am

Drop off your notes, poster board, and beads on Thursday, August 6 or Wednesday, August 12 between 9 and 11 am. Volunteers will accept donations from your car as you drive through the North St. roundabout.

First Responders

Let’s make an impact on those who are out there helping in the most incredible ways! Words cannot express how important a community is, especially in times like these. Thank you to those that have served our community through the years and thank you to all the first responders who help us stay safe! One way to help is to collect and deliver supplies to our firefighters and police officers here in Arlington.

1. Collect Supplies

  • Cases of bottled water
  • Cases of bottled Gatorade
  • Individually packaged salty snacks (pretzels, crackers, nuts, popcorn, chips, etc.)
  • Individually packaged sweet snacks (fruit snacks, granola bars, cookies, etc.)
  • Packages of gum, mints, or candy
  • Words of encouragement - cards or posters thanking them for their service to our community

2. Drop Supplies Off at Local Stations

Sign up for a location and time slot at tinyurl.com/LIA-first-responders or by emailing Michelle Clark.

Drop Off Times

Fire Stations
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at any time

Police Stations
Tuesday, Thursday at 8 am, 3 pm or 10 pm

Food and Supply Drive

Another way to help is to collect or order needed food and supplies for our area food banks and shelters. Purchase supplies the next time you are out shopping, ask your neighbors to contribute, or order off of Amazon Wish Lists for direct delivery. Below are suggested items for each organization.

1. Arlington Charities

  • Canned tuna fish, chicken, or salmon
  • Peanut butter and other nut butters
  • Canned fruit in its own juice or water
  • Canned soup
  • Low-sugar, whole grain cereals
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Body soap/wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Dental care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash)
  • Feminine care items
  • Baby diapers (size 5 or 6 especially!)

Drop Off Info

Monday-Friday | 8:30 am-1:00 pm
811 Secretary Dr.  Arlington, TX 76015

2. Arlington Urban Ministries

  • Gas cards $
  • Basic food items (Vienna sausage, crackers, protein bars, granola bars, fruit bars, applesauce cups, fruit cups),
  • Socks,
  • Gloves,
  • Wet wipes,
  • Sanitary products
  • Gift cards to Walmart, Kroger, Amazon for staff to purchase items for the food pantry
  • Cases of water bottles
  • Individually wrapped plasticware
  • Paper sacks

Drop Off Info

Call 817-861-8585 for donation times
701 Dugan St, Arlington, TX 76010

3. Mission Arlington

  • Basic food items (peanut butter, jelly, cereal, tuna, soups)
  • Notebook Paper (wide ruled)
  • Spiral Notebooks (70 count)
  • 3-prong pocket folders (Red, Green, Yellow, Blue only)
  • Composition Notebooks (Black Marble 100 count)
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pink Erasers
  • Glue (4 oz. or sticks)
  • Color (Map) Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Washable Markers
  • Rulers / Protractors
  • Scissors (blunt & sharp)
  • Manila Paper (9x12 & 12x18)
  • Construction Paper (9x12 & 12x18 assorted & 9x12 white)
  • Red Pens
  • Black Pens
  • Backpacks
  • Zipper Pencil Bags

Drop Off Info

Monday-Saturday 7 am-7 pm
210 W South St, Arlington, TX 76010

Arlington Life Shelter

The Arlington Life Shelter recently completed renovations and expansion, and is now servicing clients 24/7. We can help the shelter with current needs. You can also provide snacks and encouragement to the shelter staff. Please drop items at the shelter or purchase from the Amazon wish list & have it shipped to 325 W Division St, Arlington, TX 76011. 

1. Collect Supplies

The Shelter’s current needs:

  • Latex gloves
  • Food service gloves
  • Antacids
  • Paper towels
  • Neosporin or any antibiotic cream
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Combs / brushes
  • Travel size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, face wash)
  • Dental items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss)
  • Ice cream scoops
  • Black pepper
  • Plasticware (spoons, forks)
  • Trash bags (33 & 55 gallon size)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lysol
  • Antibacterial sprays
  • Bleach

Drop Off Info

Monday-Friday | 9:00 am-5:00 pm
325 W Division St, Arlington, TX 76011

2. Food Teams

There is also a need for food teams to drop off lunch items for Saturdays in August.

Ideas include sub sandwiches, pizzas, chicken, or other light lunches for the residents. Lunch would be dropped off
at the shelter at 12:00 pm for the residents to enjoy. No serving necessary due to health concerns.

Teams can sign up for a Saturday in August by going to tinyurl.com/LIA-food-team